Movie buff Peter Feldman shares this thoughts on Justice League which explodes onto the big screen nationally from 17 November 2017:
Fans of the DC superhero universe will derive some pleasure from the explosive, upbeat antics, and plenty of dry wit – of this colourful five-strong group of misfits, the Justice League.
Zack Snyder does a better job on this production than he did with the awful “Batman v Superman” in which the latter makes a sad exit.
“Justice League” has been an eagerly awaited holiday event It’s light and often fun to watch, though some of the action sequences drag on a bit.
This band of superheroes – Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Mamoa) – have been assembled to fight an evil power named Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciaran Hinds).
This creature has manifested on the planet and intends destroying it. But before he can achieve his goals he has to find three hidden boxes which contain enormous power. This colossal computer-generated villain resembles the Terminator with dodgy teeth. He intends using the power of the boxes to aid his nefarious deeds. His helpers look like insects from another world. They are and they kill.
It’s up to the Justice League to find the boxes before he does and this involves a great deal of action and many quirky moments emanating from the various characters as they go about their business.
There is a surprise or two in the narrative thrust which I won’t spoil here, but overall the production has entertainment value for followers of the genre.
Ben Affleck as Bat Man is not uptight here because he is not expected to carry the psychological weight of the world on his padded shoulders. Gal Gadot fills out her action rather well in her tight-fitting costume and her action scenes are well choreographed.
Ezra Miller as the nerdy teenager The Flash, who got his powers after being struck by lightning, brings comic relief to the situation and long-maned Jason Momoa as Aquaman, the half-human heir to the underwater throne of Atlantis shows how to part oceans and do magical things with his trident. In one of the film’s most amusing moments, Aquaman mistakenly sits on Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth and starts spouting about his feelings for her, saying she’s “gorgeous.” Finally, Ray Fisher shows some heart as Cyborg, the hunk of metal, who has become half man, half machine after a freak accident.
There are brief appearances by Diane Lane as Superman’s mother and the delicious Amy Adams as reporter Lois Lane, who is still pining for her Man of Steel. Jeremy Iron’s is Bruce Wayne’s devoted butler Alfred who really knows his way around computers.
“Justice League” is a far better bet than “Suicide Squad” ever was and there is a lot of cheery fun to be had amid the often blurry and tediously over-blown special effects.
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Mamoa, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons,
Director: Zack Snyder
CONTRIBUTOR: PETER FELDMAN